The Real Ghostbusters episode 17 review

The Real Ghostbusters

Episode 017

Production number 76004 – 1986-Syndicated

“Sea Fright”

Written by Arthur Byron Cover and Lydia Marano

Plot Synopsis:

A treasure hunter finds lost pirate treasure and brings it to New York to be displayed in the museum. Unfortunately for New York, the pirates who plundered that treasure want it back!

The Review:

This episode is great fun, but what else would you expect from ghost pirates? This episode aired long long before the current pirate craze that has been sweeping North America since 2003 saw the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Still, pirates have never really been unpopular, and ghost pirate stories are always classic and definitely rich fodder for a Ghostbusters story.

The design in this episode is terrific. The ghost pirates are all skeletons, but the designers have managed to imbue them with a lot of fun and personality. The captain is particularly great, being the shortest member of his crew. The pirate ship also very well done and looks highly impressive floatin between buildings down the streets of New York, it makes one wish for a similar visual in a live action forum.

The gags are all very funny in this episode as well. The Ghostbusters are, interestingly, not truly the main focus of the episode. They get some decent jokes, but the majority of our attention is focused on the pirates. In a particularly genius gag, 2 of the pillaging pirates fall in love with some shop window mannequins, mistaking them for women who aren’t afraid of ghosts. Their indignation when they discover their mistake is terrific.

This one is definitely worth watching.

Best line of the episode:

Peter – “Never say “fire” to a secretary Winston. She knows where all the cheques are.”

Rating: 4 out of 5 on the PKE meter


~ by Pagz on November 30, 2010.

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